Hey y’all! I’m gonna walk you through a weekend at the Silos! I’ll also be sharing some behind the scene details and photos from my Chipstarter experience! Hope you enjoy! Annnd I am offering a fun Chip and Jo inspired printable at the end of my blog post! Check it out!
It all started with an email…well…it started with a dream but the email soon followed. Magnolia had sent out an email to their subscribers about a “Chipstarter” contest. In the wake of Chip’s new book, Capital Gaines, Chip decided he wanted to invest in other people’s dreams just like people invested in his. The contest required you to submit a 2 minute video entry explaining your dream and why you should win. What was funny was that in the email, it described different examples of dreams and the first example was, “Want to climb a mountain?”…I knew this was not a coincidence but a sign from God. If this didn’t work out, I would put my little Kilimanjaro dream aside for a season. But of course God had more for me than I could ever ask or imagine. You can check out my Chipstarter entry video below if you haven’t seen it already. I was notified on a Tuesday night that I was a finalist and would be sent on an all expense paid trip with one guest to Waco for their annual Silobration event, where Chip would choose “two” winners. Me and my mom left that Friday after starting the morning out with mimosas at the airport terminal, landed in Dallas, got our rental car and off to Waco we went. I was so nervous and excited and shocked all at the same time. That night I would stand in front of about 4,000 people and talk about my dream…and that included two people I admired and respected so much.
Our flight had been delayed several hours and we were rushing from Dallas to Waco since I had to be cute and ready at the Silos by 5:30, but before I could get ready, I couldn’t help but act like a little kid at Christmas at the sight of a Magnolia care package sitting on my bed. To see me freak out about my gift bag, watch here!I did a little pre-silobration interview on the roof of the Magnolia warehouse and watched anxiously as crowds of people began to pour in. Then I noticed a beautiful woman with blue hair…an idol of mine since I was in 6th grade!- Kandee Johnson! Makeup Guru and Youtube star! She had inspired me SO much growing up so to run into her at the Silobration, I couldn’t help but cheese because it felt like a full circle moment. Later that night, I heard someone congratulate me on my win and it was my middle school crush, former dreadhead and American Idol Finalist, Jason Castro. When I say he was my middle school crush, I mean it! I became obsessed with all things dreadlocks. Weird phase, I know. But it was so funny to see so many moments that made up my life unravel that night. God is sooo in the details.
But anyways, back to my story- Jon Foreman, lead singer of another one of my adolescent favorites, Switchfoot, was on stage before us Chipstarter contestants were set to go up. I was breathing such deep breaths, I thought I was on the verge of a panic attack. I honestly realized the power of prayer that night. I would not stop praying in my head as Jon was singing. Then he sang two songs that made my heart rest- “I Dare You to Move” and “My Only Hope” (made famous by Mandy Moore in “A Walk to Remember”). I held on to those lyrics with every fiber of my being. “Everybody’s watching you now, Everybody waits for you now, What happens next? …I dare you to move…“ To see my on stage response when Chip asked me why he should invest in my dreams, CLICK HERE. The “Miss America” cry
The “Miss America” wave… LOL
Needless to say, in true Chip Gaines fashion, we ALL won and Chip chose to invest $14,000 in my dream, first to cover my personal climbing expenses, leaving me only to focus on fundraising for the Tim Tebow Foundation whose mission is to bring faith, hope and love to those needing a brighter day in their darkest hour of need. After a post-win interview, we got to speak to Chip and Jo one on one for a bit. I could’ve talked to them for hours. They were just like they are on Fixer Upper- Joanna, humble and supportive and Chip, a big sweet goofball. They thanked me for preaching on stage…haha…Must have been the holy spirit because I am not a natural public speaker. That was intensely out of my comfort zone! BUT SO WORTH IT.
I could barely sleep that night. My climb was officially set in motion and I couldn’t stop asking God to forgive me for all the times I ever doubted Him.
“God can do anything you know- far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us!”
So that Saturday, I woke up on cloud nine and me and my mom were able to just enjoy a day at the Silos! It looked like fall but felt like summer. Thank the good Lord for Alabama Sweet Tea. My friend, Audrey who I hadn’t seen in years, drove up from Austin for the day too! It was nice just to catch up and talk about all the good things God was doing in our lives and with our dreams. We checked out the Silobration vendors, ate the best grilled cheese and stood in line just to get into the Magnolia store. I was determined to get this metal sign made by Jimmy Don (Fixer Upper’s metal artist) that read so perfectly- “Your mountain is waiting so get on your way…” You can scroll below to see it…He even signed the back of it!
This is my amazing Magnolia point of contact, Emily who made the entire process a joy. The whole Magnolia staff was a blessing and you can see the proof of amazing leadership.
A random cute couple who I asked to photograph because they were so “picture worthy”…haha!
Me and my best frannnd! I couldn’t have breathed that weekend without her!Sweet Tea and Lemons…
My sweet new Magnolia friend, Alex! So glad I met her! Again, Magnolia employees rock!
In front of the Silos Bakery…which we didn’t get to try because the line was longer than the size of Waco itself.
Jon Foreman, (Switchfoot) during Soundcheck… Thanks for leading me into an attitude of worship, Jon.
On Sunday morning, we left to catch our flight back in Dallas and I was thrilled because my mom was finally able to see my crib. Again, God was in the details because I knew chances were, I would be coming home to Florida this January. And I really wanted my mom to see where I lived and we were able to do that AND get Velvet Taco, one of my Dallas faves.
My hood- Uptown Dallas
I’ll end on this note: I love this quote from Capital Gaines, (which you should totally go buy) …
“Every ounce of energy you invest in pursuing your goals will help you grow toward God’s plan for you…even if you end up somewhere you hadn’t counted on. I can’t promise you there won’t be any curveballs in your life. But I’m positive that if you do the hard work and never quit- and pick yourself up when things go sideways- good things will be waiting on the other other side.” – Chip Gaines
Also, now that I’ve been”Chipstarted”, I need YOUR help so I can finish strong. Please consider supporting my climb for the Tim Tebow Foundation financially by following the link HERE. 100% of your donation will go towards the foundation’s outreach initiatives. As a bonus, if you donate a minimum of $25, you’ll get the fun downloadable 8 x 11.5 printable handwritten by me that you see on the left! Stick it in a cute frame and voila! If you’re not into chocolate and peanut butter (because you’re an absolute freak that needs Jesus), then custom printables can be designed for a minimum $50 donation. (restrictions may apply ;))